Hi all! I've been a lurker here for a while and figured I should finally introduce myself. My name's Alex, and I live in San Francisco
So a bit of background about me, I guess (apologies if this is a bit long!). I came to sailing a few years ago, througha Groupon offer for basic keelboat lessons I bought on a whim. I thought I should probably try sailing since I live in such a popular place for it.
Needless to say I was hooked from the first day. I threw myself into this new hobby, taking lessons through Basic Coastal Cruising. Around that time (about 6 months after my first exposure), after an evening on the phone
of excitedly describing every aspect of one class's trip, my father asked me if I was planning on buying
a boat. "No way," was my immediate response. "Too expensive, too time consuming, better to just charter
." Well, that night I started browsing Craigslist just to get an idea of what it would really take. I found one listing that I liked, and then another. Within a couple weeks I had called a few owners and toured some boats, all the while debating with friends what kind of vessel I should aspire to own.
Then I came across a J/30 for sale
in Richmond, that had been a dock
queen for years. It seemed to hit the sweet spot of everything I wanted: fast enough to be fun, stable enough to be safe, and roomy enough to be comfortable for "camping" overnight. The survey
came back with a long list of problems - no working electronics
, crack under the mast
issues, worn out sails
, cracked engine exhaust
manifold, just to name a few. Still, the survey
got me a sizable discount on the sale price
, and I figured I could fix it up for not much more, so I pulled the trigger. J/30 #140 Chanson
, soon to be rechristened Ananda
, was mine.
Naiveté is bliss.
Fast forward almost three years. Ananda
is in much better shape, with new sails
, a repaired mast
step, and a litany of other improvements. The first year I tackled all the safety
issues, the second year brought many improvements to her "sailing quality". This winter I've undertaken a huge number of projects to really round out her abilities and aesthetics. I work at a desk all day during the week, it's nice to do something with my hands on the weekend.
So! Some pictures.
Here's me aboard the boat just after I got it:
Here she is looking sharp one evening:
Sailing back home after an epic day on the bay:
And finally, after the latest round of work:
So anyway, it's nice to meet you all! I've been lurking on this forum for a long time now and figured it's about time I start contributing and meeting more sailors both local and afar. And if you live in San Francisco
or happen to be visiting, feel free to shoot me a message and we can go sailing - I'm always happy to have new friends aboard!